June 23, 2016

New Mexico sues Colorado over mine spill -- Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico is suing its upstream neighbor, contending Colorado was too lax in its oversight of groundwater contaminated by decades of mining and should be held responsible for the fallout of last year’s Gold King Mine spill.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Supreme Court this week by Attorney General Hector Balderas and outside attorneys hired by the state Environment Department, seeks reimbursement for all costs – including “stigma” damages – connected to the mine spill, in which more than 3 million gallons of toxic waste was spewed into a tributary of the Animas River and flowed into New Mexico. -- 6/23/2016

 

Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules -- NPR

A federal judge in Wyoming has struck down the Obama administration's regulations on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands.

In the ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said Congress had not granted the BLM that power, and had instead chosen to specifically exclude fracking from federal oversight. -- 6/22/2016